By most metrics, Arsenal FC and Manchester United are “bigger” than Paris Saint-Germain. They have more social media followers, silverware in their trophy cabinet, and their matches are watched by more people around the world. However, when it comes to mentality and ambition, the French club far surpasses the two Premier League sides.
PSG is relatively new to the big stage of world football. When Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011, their goal was to turn PSG into a global superpower capable of challenging for the UEFA Champions League title every season. That certainly has come to fruition and if you haven’t placed your bets on PSG this season, there’s still time to use a Genting Bet bonus code.
In recent months, Arsenal, Manchester United, and PSG all found themselves in a similar situation, which was being led by a manager who was consistently achieving sub-par results. Only one decided to do something about it and it wasn’t the two “big” English clubs.
Despite topping their Champions League group and sitting just one point off the lead in Ligue 1, PSG sacked Thomas Tuchel and are expected to name Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. Tuchel’s abrasive nature with the media and Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, was part of the problem but more so, it was PSG’s lackluster performances on the pitch. It’s not enough to win at PSG, you have to look good doing it.
So, in comes Pochettino, arguably the best manager available and someone who was likely on the radar of Arsenal and Manchester United as they ponder a change. Both of their managers, Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, respectively, have had ample time to succeed and haven’t delivered up to expectations. You wouldn’t think a “big” club would accept dropping near the bottom of the Premier League table or not qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League, but I guess that’s how far those two clubs have fallen.
While mediocrity is accepted at Arsenal and Manchester United and has been for years, PSG simply won’t stand for it. Sure, you can point to PSG’s financial advantage but let’s not pretend these two historically great clubs don’t have money to spend either. For example, Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille OSC for €80 million just two seasons ago, and the Red Devils spent €87 million on Harry Maguire in the same transfer window. You can moan about the amount PSG spent on Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr., but at least those two players have lived up to their transfer fee and in the case of the Frenchman, PSG will make a profit on the €180 million they spent if and when they decide to sell him on.
Arsenal and Manchester United are big clubs in the sense that Ford used to be a big automaker. Ford still sells a lot of cars and they have brand awareness globally, but everyone knows Tesla is the future. PSG is the Tesla of world football. Sometimes their roof flies off (the 6-1 loss to FC Barcelona in 2017), but they are innovative and quick to push a software update to fix a known problem (sacking Tuchel for Pochettino). They are driven to be the best and overtake the old guard.
PSG wants to win and they’re committed to doing so by any means necessary while the historically great clubs rely on what they’ve done in the past and the complacency of supporters to convince themselves that things will get better…eventually. It’s not unlike Ford sitting on their hands for decades and not developing an electric car until Tesla came along and changed the game. Relying on history might allow your fans to win a few Twitter spats but it doesn’t do anything for your future as a club. Arsenal and Manchester United are finding that out the hard way while PSG presses on in their quest to becoming the biggest and most decorated club in the world.
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